Appearance vs reality

She is regarded by many as one of the best live performers of all time, but is she also one of the vainest?

I’m talking about the one and only Beyoncé.

Few celebrities have captivated our generation quite like she has. With her sensational voice, amazing dance moves and stunning beauty what’s not to love? But has she taken her pursuit for the perfect public persona too far?

It was announced this week that the queen of pop was banning all press photographers from her upcoming Mrs Carter World Tour. Instead she’s hired her own snapper to capture shots during the shows which will them be sent out to media following each concert.

All of this appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to the ‘unflattering’ photos of her published by Radaronline after her concert at the Super Bowl.

In fact, Beyoncé and her team disliked the images so much that her publicist emailed the site asking them to “find some better photos”. In typical fashion, Radaronline then published the email for all the world to see, resulting in heavy backlash from media and fans.

For a woman with seemingly few flaws, the photos merely represented an energetic and amazing performance, while her reaction to them seemed slightly over the top.

Blogger Noam Galai said that banning professional photographers from all shows is “simply stupid”.

He added: “Beyoncé needs to use the media to her advantage, not fight it. Playing games with the media will cause more harm than good.”

The star also appears on the front cover of this month’s Vogue UK where her influence appears more present than ever with the article’s journalist, Jo Ellison, commenting: “An example of her ‘sticking power’ was capably demonstrated in preparations for this Vogue shoot, during which she attained an unprecedented level of control over every frame.”

Which begs the question, how different is Beyoncé’s generally squeaky-clean public image to her real life personality?

The contrast between the two may be vast and the emphasis on her appearance provides a poor example to young girls who are constantly struggling with their own insecurities.

So while Beyoncé may sing about her version of female empowerment and being a strong woman but these qualities evidently need to coincide with looking gorgeous and glamorous at all times.

For us mere mortals, this simply is not going to be reality, because even a multimillionaire superstar with a carefully constructed image has her ‘ugly’ days.